Treasure Hunt Ideas

Free treasure hunt that is easy and outdoors

We have created 20 treasure hunt clues for locations and objects around the garden for you to use for free in treasure hunts you are making. The numbering is given so that you can reference clues but you don’t need to do all of them or do them in this order.

Simply choose some clues, put the first one aside (to give to the hunters) and hide the rest in any order. Give the hunters the first clue to set them off.

If you need more clues take a look at our list of free treasure hunts or treasure hunt ideas.

Glowing treasure chest


  1. Clue: path. Answer: shed
    Follow from the “start” to find where the next clue is hidden.
    Shed - maze
  2. Clue: picture code. Answer: drain pipe
    Drain pip - picture code
  3. Clue: word search. Answer: NEXT CLUE IS NEAR THE COMPOST HEAP
    Find these words in the word search. Any remaining letters will spell out the location of the next clue.
  4. Clue: anagram. Answer: Tree trunk
    Rete rnukt
  5. Clue: first letters. Answer: water butt
    Water butt - first letters
  6. Clue: map. Answer: DOOR BELL
    Follow the instructions and write down the letters that you pass on the way. Cross off the letters as you pass them.
    Door bell - map
  7. Clue: letter grid. Answer: ON THE WASHING LINE
    A grid of letters and a separate set of arrows to indicate direction across the grid in sequence
  8. Clue: circular text. Answer: red flower
    Red flower - circular
  9. Clue: spinners Answer: ON GARDEN GATE
    Cut out the three discs and use a split-pin or similar to attach them together (smallest on top). Hunters must align each symbol in turn to read the opposing letters
    On garden gate - spinner
  10. Clue: mathematics. Answer: tap
    Tap - maths
  11. Clue: link words. Answer: table
    _ _ _ _ _ tennis
    coffee _ _ _ _ _
    _ _ _ _ _ cloth
  12. Clue: mirror writing. Answer: LAWNMOWER
    Lawnmower - mirror writing
  13. Clue: puzzle. Answer: watering can
    Watering can - puzzle
  14. Clue: scavenger hunt Answer: various
    When the items have been found give them the next clue.

    Place the following on the table to be given the next clue:
    1. A pebble
    2. A ball
    3. A Y-shaped stick
    4. A shoe
    5. A plant pot
    6. 3 different shaped leaves
    7. A gardening tool
  15. Clue: capital letters. Answer: hanging basket
    tHe location of the next clue is hidden in this messAge. caN you work out where to look? is there anythinG strange about thIs message? does aNythinG stand out? you must Be Able to Solve the puzzle and looK wherE this clue poinTs!
  16. Clue: A=B. Answer: bench
    If A = B, B = C … Z = A
  17. Clue: image. Answer: spade
    On a Spade - icon
  18. Clue: letter pairs. Answer: HOSEPIPE
    Hosepipe - letter pairs
  19. Clue: Wingdings. Answer: swing
    Swing - wingdings
  20. Clue: template mask. Answer: PLANTER
    Cut out the two grids so that they are separate. The hunters must place the second sheet over the first (orientated the correct way) to reveal the clue.
    Planter - latter mask overlay